Fishhook injuries to the eye are rare. When they occur, they can
cause a serious injury, including blindness. Prompt emergency room or
ophthalmology care is needed to remove the fishhook, prevent complications, and
minimize damage from the fishhook.
Is unconscious or not breathing
Is gasping for breath
Can't cry or talk because of breathing trouble
Grunts when breathing
Has blue lips
May have a small object caught in her throat
Is breathing very fast (this is also a symptom of fever)
Looks very sick
Do not try to remove a
fishhook from an eye, eyelid, or near an eye.
Do not put pressure
on the eye.
Cover the eye and fishhook with a metal patch, a cup,
or even a paper cup.
Covering the eye prevents the hook
Be very careful not to
put pressure on the hook or the eye.
If possible, cover the uninjured eye. The injured
eye will move less if the uninjured eye is covered. This may prevent further
damage to the injured eye.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 22, 2013
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